Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) government mandates may affect your next trip to Hawaii or Florida. To help you stay informed, we’ve prepared a summary of the current government requirements below.
STATE OF HAWAII
Anyone planning a trip to Hawaii, including traveling between the Hawaiian Islands, should review current State of Hawaii and County government guidance as this information changes frequently and may vary from island to island.
Please note that should your travels include visiting more than one island during your time in Hawaii, there are separate inter-island travel quarantine requirements which may require additional testing.
TO BYPASS 10-DAY QUARANTINE: TRAVELERS MUST HAVE NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS FROM TRUSTED TESTING PARTNERS BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR HAWAII.
All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. Travelers wishing to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results - from a trusted testing partner - prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. The program requires passengers five and older to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and produce a negative result. Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted. A trained professional must observe all tests. Registration instructions and costs can be found at the partners’ websites.
Travelers heading to Hawaii must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawaii highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawaii carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.
IMPORTANT: Test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawaii. Travelers who do not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaii must self-quarantine for 10 days, without exception. Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in Hawaii.
In addition to the pre-travel test, a county may require travelers five and older to obtain a subsequent test after arrival. This post-arrival test will be administered by the county. Be sure to check with the individual county websites for the latest information.
For more information visit Traveling To Hawaii.
- Kauai rejoined the Safe Travels program for trans-pacific travel effective April 5th.
- The county recently launched a travel discount program that it hopes will encourage visitors to take an additional (voluntary) COVID-19 test while boosting local businesses. Travelers who take an additional test in Kauai will receive the Kokua Kauai Card, which uses a QR code to provide discounts at dozens of hotels, restaurants, and more on the island.
Trans-pacific travelers participating in the Safe Travels program will be randomly selected to take a County administered COVID-19 test upon arrival to Hawaii Island. The tests will be administered to approximately 25% of the passengers at all three airports and the cost of the test will be borne by Hawaii County.
Travelers with Negative COVID-19 Test – Pre-arrival
- All travelers into Maui County, whether interisland or transpacific, who wish to avoid quarantine by pre-testing within the State’s Safe Travels Program, are required to download either the AlohaSafe Alert application or another Google-Apple Exposure Notification System application, or enable their exposure notification setting on their mobile device.
- Proof of registration, such as showing airport screeners or any law enforcement officer, the application installed or setting enabled on a traveler’s mobile device, is required.
- Failure to register with an exposure notification system prior to arrival into Maui County shall result in mandatory quarantine, except for any individual under the age of 18, or who does not possess a mobile device. Only for those who do not possess a mobile device, at least one individual in their traveling party will be required to comply.
- Starting in April, Maui officials plan to add a step to the island's entry requirements for travelers on trans-Pacific routes, including from the mainland. Visitors can expect to take a second COVID-19 test on arrival at Maui's Kahului Airport or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The cost of the test will be borne by Maui County.
Travelers without Negative COVID-19 Test – Pre-arrival
- Interisland travelers who do not have negative test results at the time of arrival must quarantine at their place of lodging for 10 days or the duration of their stay in Maui County, whichever is shorter. The ability of interisland travelers to later submit the negative test result and end quarantine early has been removed.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRAVELERS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
There is a Hawaii travel quarantine exemption for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered. To be considered for this exemption, you must complete an application before you travel, and upload 1) a copy of your positive Covid-19 test result, and 2) a signed letter from your medical provider. Applications are usually processed by the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General within 48 to 72 hours, but the department notes that processing times can vary depending on volume, completeness, and thoroughness of your application. For more information about travel exemptions, visit the website for the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. To apply for an exemption, click here.
Despite the CDC’s announcement on April 2, Hawaii continues with the state’s Safe Travels pre-travel testing program, even for fully vaccinated passengers. Travelers must have their negative test results prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine. Although Hawaii’s policy may change in the near future, it remains in place until further notice.
Upon check-in at an Aqua-Aston Hospitality managed hotel or resort:
- Visitors subject to the quarantine mandate will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form, and they will be provided with a single-use key to their guest room.
- Any guest subject to the mandatory 10-day self-quarantine period will be required to remain in their guest room during the quarantine period, and they are only permitted to leave the guest room for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Further, any such guest is not permitted to have any visitors in their guest room, other than a physician or healthcare provider, during the quarantine period.
- As host, Aqua-Aston Hospitality employees are required by law to report any guest who violates the terms of their self-quarantine to authorities, without a first warning.
Due to a government order, face coverings are required for all Owners and guests outside your guest room (including in all common and public areas) except with certain limited exceptions. Please note that, based on government order, any medical exemptions to the face covering requirement must be issued by a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or advanced practice registered nurse, but should not specify the medical condition that precludes the wearing of a face covering. Please visit the links below for official information on the mandatory restrictions including facial covering requirements, etc.
VEHICLE RENTALS AND CAR SHARING
Operations that provide vehicles may not rent or provide car sharing services to any person who is subject to a 10-day self-quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
For more details and information on important travel restrictions, please visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority COVID-19 updates page.
STATE OF FLORIDA
- Residents and visitors are advised to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible.
- Refrain from gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact.
For information about rules in place for state parks, restaurants, and other facilities check Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
For information about the latest information on communities, attractions and other activities and their status, check Visit Florida.